Brace yourselves, Victoria Beckham has got some strong words to say about the Spice Girls reunion rumours, and we’re not sure you’re going to like it.
From the moment Emma Bunton (or Baby Spice, as she’s otherwise known) posted a picture to Instagram of the five members of the world’s most iconic girl band, we’ve done little else than wonder what it means.
The picture, which shows Mel B, Mel C, Geri Horner, Victoria Beckham and of course, Bunton, posing together and smiling for the camera, incited hope in a generation who grew up singing about the importance of girl power.
But unfortunately those hopes have been officially dashed now that Beckham has said there’s no chance of a reunion tour.
Bunton’s cleverly worded and tantalisingly suggestive caption, reads: “Great catch up with my girls! #bffs always. The future is looking spicy!”
The internet has been alight with rumours that the gang will be rejoining for good, or at least that a tour’s on the cards.
Celebrity gossip website TMZ reported that the Spice Girls were set to “hit the stage in England first and then migrate over to the U.S.”, claiming that a source had confirmed the pop stars would be picking up their microphones for a world tour.
Five days after the picture was posted the site said, “sources connected to the women tell us the meeting was for ‘rough planning’ and the goal is a world tour that will kick off in late summer.”
Over on Twitter there’s been no stopping the rumour mill, with droves of fans expressing their excitement at the possibility of seeing their favourite band play live.
With particular enthusiasm, one Twitter user said: “And when the f*** is the Spice Girls reunion concert? Because I will be FRONT ROW spicing up my life!”
Another said they would be “listening to their music on repeat” to celebrate.
And when the fuck is the Spice Girls reunion concert? Because I will be FRONT ROW spicing up my life!— Milyn Jensen (@MilynJensen_) February 12, 2018
yall gonna catch me front row at the spice girls reunion tour getting my life to say you'll be there— petty labelle (@brwnjawn) February 12, 2018
The Spice Girls are going on a reunion tour and the little 90s girl that still lives on inside of me is so incredibly happy. To celebrate i will be watching Spice World & listening to their music on repeat. #GirlPower #SpiceGirls pic.twitter.com/W55PSQLEeG— Samantha Michelle (@sbazzini8) February 7, 2018
But during a preview of her autumn/winter 2018 fashion collection, Beckham made things crystal clear, telling Vogue, “I’m not going on tour. The girls aren’t going on tour.”
Cue the sound of our hearts breaking.
She did however say that the group were “brainstorming”, which is something.
“It was so great to see the girls. We had such a fun lunch. It was really, really, really lovely. I still speak to them all individually, but for us all to get together was really lovely,” Beckham said.
“There’s something so strong in the message of what the Spice Girls stood for. What is that in the future? What does that look like? We were just bouncing ideas around. Brainstorming.”
Although we won’t be able to watch the women that gave us girl power in concert any time soon, we’re still holding on to a glimmer of hope that there’s something exciting on the horizon. After all, as Bunton said, the future looks spicy.
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